‘tis the season to watch telly, so we’re back with our pick of this month’s hottest entertainment to enjoy at home or on the go…
Thanks to our recent interview with comedian-turned-psychologist Joe Guse, we’re all feeling a bit better about our binge viewing habits. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: this month is jam-packed with fresh entertainment – best enjoyed with family, friends and a Christmas mince pie or two…
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NOW TV Entertainment
It’s a magical month on NOW TV with the release of brand new drama, The Last Dragonslayer. According to Sky’s commissioning editor Cameron Roach, “The Last Dragonslayer holds all of the ingredients for the perfect seasonal treat for the entire family; wizards, dragons, a kick-ass heroine and the perfect magical cast.” That cast includes John Bradley (Game of Thrones), Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family) and Ellise Chappell as 15-year old orphan Jennifer Strange. The two-hour special is an adaptation of Jasper Fforde’s novel, and it offers a captivating blend of past and present, medieval and modern.
It may be the end of the year but it’s by no means the end of new music. This month brings a sleigh full of new releases from John Legend, Drake, Childish Gambino and Deadmau5 along with the opportunity to rediscover your favourite music thanks to Spotify’s brand new Daily Mix.
Accessed through the Your Library section of the latest Spotify for iOS and Android, the new Daily Mix feature puts your personal music taste front and centre – and it makes it easy! Forget poring over playlist creation, Daily Mix blends your favourite tracks with new songs you’re sure to love and the more you listen the better it gets. Really like a tune? “Heart it” to add it to your collection. Not a fan of a new discovery? Hit “ban” to block it from future playlists. We “heart” the whole idea.
Also new to Spotify this month is John Legend’s upcoming album Darkness and Light. Set for release 2 November, it features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Miguel, Kamasi Washington and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. In a recent statement to The Rolling Stone, producer Blake Mills said the album that it “digs into John’s long-standing devotion to social justice, the challenges and rewards of a marriage constantly in the public eye and the recent birth of his first child, Luna.” Listen to first single ‘Love me Now’ below.
Last month we pointed you in the direction of Donald Glover’s hit comedy Atlanta. This month, prepare for new music from Glover’s music moniker Childish Gambino. Three years on from the release of last album Because the Internet, Glover described Awaken my Love! in an interview with Billboard as “an exercise in just feeling and tone.” Listen to his soulful second single ‘Redbone’ below ahead of the full release on 2 December.
The second is a big day for new music, with Canadian EDM hit-maker and DJ Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) also set to release his eighth album W:/2016ALBUM/ just as you tuck into your second advent choccy. Pronounced ‘W Drive 2016 Album‘, the LP is Zimmerman’s first as an independent artist and while (according to recent stream of tweets) it seems he may not actually like it, many are billing W:/2016ALBUM/ as the best Deadmau5 album yet. It may just be a matter of listening for yourself – starting with the first single ‘Let Go’ below.
Sky Sports Mobile TV
Two of the Premier League’s giants go head to head in the first match of a notoriously busy festive period, starting Saturday 3 December on Sky Sports 1. Both Chelsea and Manchester City feature continental managers with a point to prove, well backed by their owners’ financial muscle. Equally heated is the Merseyside derby on 19 December. Held at Goodison Park, it’ll be the first for Ronald Koeman as Everton boss. Can he improve on Everton’s recent record against a flourishing Liverpool?
Over in cricket, England’s tour of India continues throughout December, and Sky Sport 2’s the only place you’ll see live coverage of their summer series against South Africa and West Indies.
Meanwhile, in rugby union on Sky Sports 2, England is set to take on Australia at Twickenham at 2.30pm on 3 December. Having beaten the Aussies three matches on the bounce in their own backyard in June, can England continue their recent winning streak?
And finally, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the William Hill World Darts Championship – you can catch all the action live on Sky Sports 1 throughout December and the New Year.
From the highly-anticipated release of Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters to the debut of the White Rabbit Project featuring members of the Mythbusters team, Netflix has a multitude of reasons to hit play this December. So, sit back, relax and enjoy.
DreamWorks first purchased the rights to Trollhunters way back in 2010 with the intention of turning it into a 3D animated feature film. Instead they teamed up with Netflix for a series set to “unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.” This heroic tale is perfect family holiday viewing, and you can check out the trailer below ahead of the full series from 23 December.
From trolls to politics, this month Netflix is also set to release Barry – a biopic about a young Barack Obama. The streaming giant acquired the film following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it follows a 20-year-old Obama (then known as ‘Barry’) throughout his pivotal junior year at Columbia University in New York. Set in 1981, Barry stars Australian actor Devon Terrell as Obama as he forms his views on race, government, relationships and what it means to be an American. Watch it on Netflix from 16 December.
The latest from the producers of long-running science series Mythbusters, the White Rabbit Project premieres globally on 9 December. Starring Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara, latest reports from Deadline suggest it will investigate a range of weird and wonderful topics, including jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy WWII weapons. Definitely one to watch.
Other notable Netflix releases include crime documentary Captive on 9 December, the return of Fuller House, and the premiere of Chasing Cameron, a reality series following social media star Cameron Dallas, on 27 December.
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